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[TheVerge] European Parliament rejects amendments protecting net neutrality

New legislation offers some good news, but stronger amendments similar to those in the US were rejected by the EU. [...]

The new legislation allows the creation of internet fast lanes for "specialized services" and lets ISPs offer so-called "zero-rating" products — i.e. apps and services that don't count toward monthly data allowances — without restrictions. Critics of the legislation say that the latter loophole will allow big internet companies to favor certain services in commercial deals. (For example, an ISP could agree with Apple to make Apple Music "zero-rated" on it service, leaving rival music streaming services at a disadvantage.) [...]

Julia Reda, MEP for the European Pirate Party, described the legislation as a "broken promise" on net neutrality. "The internet’s open structure is what made it the successful driver of growth and innovation in the digital economy and digital culture that it is today," said Reda in a statement posted online. "That providers will be allowed to discriminate against certain traffic not only creates a two-tier internet, it also removes incentives for carriers to extend their capacities." [...]

https://www.theverge.com/2015/10/27/9619962/eu-net-neturality-vote